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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 24, 2008 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For William Tell - I SHALL BE RELEASED

True enough, CPW, but I will say that the few folks that met up with him that I spoke with in the 70s and 80s always ranked him as the biggest ego around, completely intolerable in any social setting other than worshipness for him.

Not that that necessary means anything, but found it funny if he really did say that to Bob (which fits the ego, and would seem completely out of place with how those other folks would've interacted with each other?)...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Sep 24, 2008 8:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: For William Tell - I SHALL BE RELEASED

Oh no, WT, I can readily picture it... Diamond expecting worship, yikes...

at some point he must have inflated his inner tube way past the red zone...

on a side note, a 1967 interview with Garcia was very kind or at least fair-minded re: The Monkess (for whom Diamond wrote their biggest hit, "I'm A Believer", which was possibly the biggest hit of '66 period - maybe that helped blow his ego out of proportion...
But on the other hand, he couldn't well walk up to Dylan and say,
"I'm the guy who wrote The Monkees biggest hit!"

It seems now that he can't remember much prior to "A Star Is Born" or the Streisand years...

whatever cool he once had seems to be long evaporated...
so I'm with you, laughing with the Band behind his back just a little bit!

Ah, here's some interesting background I just found about the Red Dog Saloon days, to go with that Wabash Cannonball promo...

http://legendarysurfers.com/ffr/blog/2007/08/red-dog-saloon-1965.html



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